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CAN WE REST IN GOD’S ARMS?

Rest in His Arms

by T. L. Wiens

Lamb

Lamb by T.L. Wiens

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 KJV).

It’s been a hard month. So many things are going on that aren’t part of the norm in our lives. One of our “out of the norm” events was a little orphan lamb that came into our lives.

The other day Lamby was jumping around my feet. Slowly he got braver, ventured further away and then made an extra big leap into the tall grass beside the road. He landed with a thump, not having realized he was getting in deeper than he thought. The bleating followed. I picked him up and held him in my arms until he calmed down. Then I set him back on his feet. He wobbled for a bit and then scampered off, this time staying away from the tall grass.

It reminded so much of the way we as humans get ourselves into messes. One moment, we’re beside the still waters and the next, we’re floundering in the valleys of the shadow of death. We bleat for help or rather send up a prayer. It’s then that our shepherd, Jesus Christ, lifts us into His arms and cradles us close.

When I pick up Lamby, he crosses his front legs and relaxes so completely. I know when I cry to my Shepherd, that’s where He puts me as I navigate life’s obstacles.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

THE BLEEDING LAMB

The Bleeding Lamb

by Brenda J. Wood

Yesterday, while I was praying, God gave me a mind picture of Jesus. He walked into a sunshiny, undisturbed meadow, through wild flowers and shaggy green grass. As he came closer, I saw that he carried a lamb. It was so snug in his arms that I wondered if Jesus was carrying himself. Could this be possible? After all, he is the Lamb of God.

I know that shepherds sometimes have to break a runaway or disobedient lamb’s leg. Then they carry it till it heals. By then it loves the master so much that it is obedient. But as he moved closer, I could see that this lamb’s chest oozed blood.

And all of a sudden, I realized that I was the lamb. The Lord knows my heart is broken. And as one, together, we are moving though our grief into wholeness.

Psalm 116:15-Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of those faithful to him.

So we go move forward together, God carrying me through my brokenness, understanding it, because he already bled and died on the cross for me.

I’m oozing blood but no longer dripping it. Slowly, my pain eases. Me….the snowy white lamb. Snowy white with no bits of dirt or twig in my wool. Not because I am a fanatical lamb, but because when I asked Jesus into my life, he forgave my sin and made me clean.

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.  You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life. Amen ( Psalm 23- from the Message)

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda J Wood of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
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